Very sorry to hear of Carmine Infantino's passing. His renditions of Batman, Adam Strange and, especially, the Flash were among the defining images of my childhood. Those primal visuals we absorb as kids burn into our psyches forever—and, if I just close my eyes, I can easily see Carmine’s Flash...the definitive Flash...speeding across the landscape inside my head.
Infantino was an artist of elegance and power, one of the truly great cover artists, and a consummate storyteller. And let's not forget that, as publisher, he was the guy who brought Jack Kirby (at the peak of his creative power) to DC in 1970: without Carmine, no New Gods.
I was lucky enough to work with Infantino twice, very early in my career: once on a Mystery In Space story called “The Lazarus Fire,” and again on an infamous (well, infamous to me) issue of Star Wars. I didn’t have any personal contact with him on those projects, but what an honor it was to have one of the comic book heroes of my youth illustrate my work.
Carmine Infantino’s contributions to our industry were massive. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. It makes me happy to imagine that Carmine’s happily whooshing through the Afterlife at super speed, leaving a magical red and yellow trail behind him.